I have to admit I am a novice when it comes to social networking. Getting a website has been the first step. I have a FB page I rarely use and haven’t braved Twitter yet. I have watched some authors over the past couple of years in awe of the way they promote and use these online media outlets to raise their platform and develop a readership, some even before they are published. Kudos to them. It takes courage to ‘put yourself out there’. And it’s smart and in hindsight makes a whole lot of sense. I really did hide in a cave before I was accepted for publication and am only now putting my toes into the water. As my first release date inches closer I find myself being asked to do interviews on several blogs and I’m actually looking forward to it. What I’ve discovered is that other writers want to know how I moved from aspiring to published and I’m more than happy to share that story when I can.
At the moment I’m working out exactly how much time I need to devote to networking and self promotion. Obviously that will increase later this year as the release date for my first book looms closer, but of course I don’t want to lose too much valuable ‘writing’ time either. I do like reading other author’s blogs to see how they manage the time/input/output thing and have some as a ‘must read’. So, Twitter might have to wait a while. But one day I’ll jump on, for sure.